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Plural Loves: Bi and Poly Utopias for a New Millennium

BySerena Anderlini-D’Onofrio

Bisexuals can definitely be as monogamous as anybody else, but the good news is that they don’t have to in order to be honest with their partners and create responsible love relationships considerate of each participant’s feelings. As the Sartorius and Robins articles in this collection indicate, the first modern nonmonogamous communities experimented with polyfidelity, including various forms of group marriage within utopian and/or intentional spaces based on articulate and complex forms of social and family organization. Examples are Oneida, in New York State, which was active in the late 19th century, and Kerista in the San Francisco Bay Area, active throughout the 1970s.